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International Studies BA Program

Frequently Asked Questions

More FAQs will be added as the program develops. We urge you to look at the specific pages dealing with Language requirements, Internships, and Study Abroad for more information on those topics.

Can I use credits from a study abroad or travel study program for my major?

Yes. The INST program supports study abroad and travel study. Courses must be at the upper division level and, of course, they need to have non-U.S. content. They should also be from one of the disciplines that participate in the program. Be sure to discuss the courses you plan to take in a study abroad program with an INTS advisor.

What if there is an international course offered that is not listed in the course list, can it be used towards the major?

Maybe. You need to alert an advisor to the course. There are courses that are appropriate for the major that are not listed because they are new or because they have not been offered in a long time.

Can I take a minor from another department with my International Studies Major?

Yes. We encourage you to develop a minor. Contact the department you are interested in for requirements.

Are there other courses that count for the Zone of Expertise or Focus Theme?

Not all courses specify the region or theme they concentrate on in their titles. If you are looking for courses to fulfill the Zone or Focus Theme requirement, contact an International Studies advisor to ask whether a course can be counted.